A healthy, low-fat alternative to high-fat pesto sauce. Can also be made with basil or cilantro.

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
15 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
5
Yield:
4 -6 servings
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Ingredients

5
Original recipe yields 5 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Cook pasta according to package directions.

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  • While pasta is cooking, in food processor or blender, combine spinach, tofu, lemon juice, garlic, broth, cheese, pepper, and Italian seasoning, process until smooth. Set aside.

  • Spray a large non-stick saute pan with cooking spray. Over medium heat, cook onions and mushrooms until tender. Reduce heat to low, add pesto mixture and heat until hot.

  • Toss pasta with sauce and bacon bits. Serve with additional Parmesan cheese, if desired. NOTE: If sauce seems too thick, thin to desired consistency with pasta cooking water or broth.

Nutrition Facts

451 calories; protein 25.2g; carbohydrates 76.7g; fat 6.5g; cholesterol 11.1mg; sodium 416.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/25/2008
I made a few changes to this and liked the results. Used only 12 oz whole wheat pasta added the garlic and 1 T olive oil to the onions and mushrooms rather than in the food processor. I used vegetable broth and "baco bits" to maintain the vegetarian nature of the dish. Also added about 1 tsp salt and a good handful of fresh basil leaves to the pesto. My husband said I should put this one on the "keeper" list and make it again. Read More
(62)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/10/2004
a very healthy alternative to pesto (spinach is so good for you) but not exactly the same thing. I liked it as a spinach sauce-type thing but a pesto it is not... Read More
(14)
73 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 38
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 10
  • 2 star values: 9
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
08/24/2008
I made a few changes to this and liked the results. Used only 12 oz whole wheat pasta added the garlic and 1 T olive oil to the onions and mushrooms rather than in the food processor. I used vegetable broth and "baco bits" to maintain the vegetarian nature of the dish. Also added about 1 tsp salt and a good handful of fresh basil leaves to the pesto. My husband said I should put this one on the "keeper" list and make it again. Read More
(62)
Rating: 5 stars
02/09/2004
A great healthy alternative. It was really good but the recipe says "firm silken tofu". It should possibly say "firm or silken". Also perhaps frozen spinach would work too? Will try this again! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/29/2002
Excellent recipe! Healthy and very tasty. I would cut the amount of pasta down next time to have more sauce. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/26/2003
I didn't have tofu on hand but it's excellent without it as well.. My husband even loved it and that man doesn't like ANYTHING.:) Read More
(31)
Rating: 5 stars
01/11/2005
I just made the sauce itself - left out chicken broth and all the mushrooms. It was amazing. It tasted like it was very bad for you when in fact it is very healthy. five stars! Read More
(21)
Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2004
Healthy green and wholesome. With just the right kick of garlic. I added more broth and some milk to smooth out the pesto. You might expand the pesto recipe a little to balance out with the amount of pasta (or save the pasta for another sauce later). Frozen spinach ("brick spinach") worked just fine. My dad ate it up!! Ha ha... I'm slowly but surely converting my family to vegetarianism... Read More
(19)
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Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2003
This was good. I think 1 lb of pasta was too much or there should've been more sauce. My hubby ate it up then I told him about the tofu. He couldn't believe it! Yummy! Read More
(15)
Rating: 3 stars
12/10/2004
a very healthy alternative to pesto (spinach is so good for you) but not exactly the same thing. I liked it as a spinach sauce-type thing but a pesto it is not... Read More
(14)
Rating: 1 stars
07/12/2004
Not as good as everyone made it out to be. Try Suki's Spinach and Feta Pasta...so much better and half the mess. Read More
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